Weed eaters that run on fuel needs to be taken care of more than the one that run on electricity as fuel is required to be changed and refueled for the proper functioning of the weed eater. For every owner of the weed eater it is essential to know the kind of fuel that goes down the fuel tube of the lawn tool. In some weed eater, two types of fuels are required to be mixed to ensure the proper functioning of the weed engine.
What kind of oil is used in weed eater?
Weed eaters, irrespective of their brand or company, use a two-cycle and air cooled engine with one reservoir for gas and oil. This type of engine is bound to get damaged if exact combination of unleaded gasoline and oil are not added to it.
What is the exact ratio of unleaded gasoline and oil that should be added to the weed eater?
Gasoline and oil are needed by the engine of the weed eater to keep the crankshaft and piston lubricated. Moreover, for the efficient working of the engine gas and oil should be mixed in an exact ratio as large quantity of oil can damage the engine, while inadequate ratio of oil can reduce the shelf life of the engine. Therefore, an exact proportion or ratio is important to ensure the effective working and longer shelf life of the engine.
The exact ratio for weed eater brand:
All weed eater brand use 40:1 ratio of gas to oil, the ration is equivalent to 3.2 ounces of oil to 1 gallon of regular gas. The gas should contain 87 octanes with no more than 10 percent alcohol. The oil, to be used in the two-cycle engines, should be formulated. Use of automobile motor oil should be prohibited as it contains noncombustible additives, potential of damaging the engine.
What ratio of oil and gas should be used for other brand?
For weed eater of different brands the ratio of oil and gas should be 50:1, which is equal to 2.6 ounces of oil per gallon of gas.
Most of the weed eater carries information pertaining to the ratio of the oil and gas on the gas cap or fuel tank. The printed manual also carries the exact ratio of the oil and gas to be used for effective functioning of the engine. Reading all such information can prove really helpful at the time of changing the fuel of the weed eater.
How to know if you have added a wrong ration of oil and gas to the fuel tank of the weed eater
At times reading the manufacturer’s manual can be really confusing and you may end up mixing the wrong proportion of oil and gas. Even if you have added wrong proportion of oil and gas to the engine, you can still save its life by examining the working of the engine. Following are some signs that your engine may show up in case you mistakenly added wrong mixture of oil and gas is added to the engine:
- Smoke and heat waves coming from the engine
- Difficulty in turning on the engine
- Reduced efficiency of the engine
If any of the aforementioned problems are encountered then you should immediately change the fuel of the weed trimmer to prevent further damage to the engine.
How to change the fuel of the weed eater
Fuel of the weed eater can be changed with four easy to follow steps. However, you will need the following things before commencing the process of changing the fuel:
- Measuring cup
- 40-to-1 2-cycle engine oil
- Fuel container
Step 1: Unplug the spark plug wire from the spark plug. Place a plastic container on the ground to avoid fuel spills on the ground.
Step 2: Take of the cap of the fuel tank. Turn the weed eater upside down to take out the fuel from the tank.
Step 3: Prepare the right mixture of the oil and gas, but this time be really careful as fuel can be really expensive. Pout the exact ratio of the fuel in the oil tank and seal the tank with the cap.
Step 4: Reposition the spark plug wire to the spark plug as before.
Just like food is important for the proper functioning of our body likewise fuel is important for any machine. Machines are fed on fuel and every responsible buyer should take care of the machines and engines by ensuring the right quantity as well as quality of the fuel to be used in the engines. Special care should also be taken while changing the fuel of the engine. A wrong step cannot only damage the engine, but may also damage you. Reading the manufacturer’s manual may come handy in ensuring the correct way of changing the fuel.
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